Conversion in Greek is Metanoia, meaning change of heart. Conversion is to turn to Christ and allow Him who is the Light of the world to enlighten and inflame our hearts. Conversion is to allow Christ to pour His grace into our hearts and transform our minds and our lives and our very being into Him. When I think about the word conversion I am often reminded of the quote from the book, “The Little Prince” by Antione de Saint-Exupery, “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” This quote summarizes for me what I believe conversion of heart is truly about. As we go through our day to day routine we need to be mindful of others and remember that we are all part of the same universe. We need to work together to achieve success, to grow in life and to be faithful followers. Lent is a journey of conversion and our hearts are at the center. As we continue our Lenten journey perhaps we can remember that our God is nudging us to change something in our lives. Perhaps we are being called to let go of an old habit and embrace new life.
Pat Schifini, OSU